Here, in Colorado, it took a year from starting the weight loss journey until I got my sleeve. I attended a 7 week "Weight Connections" class.
Then had once a month sessions with the weight loss counselor for about 5 months, then took a 12 week "Surgical Connections" class.
About a month later (after a psych eval), I got my sleeve.
This was in October of '08. Since then I have attended once a month sessions with the weight loss counselor.
Hey Laura, I just had my psych eval friday in Fremont. Dr Hahn has already emailed me saying I can get a VSG...So now I wait for a date...
Ok Mandy, here is my experience...Also you can read my profile to see how long, and why its taken 3yrs...
Anyhoo, we switched to Kaiser cause it was the cheapest ins. offered. I asked my PCP for a referral to the Bariactric program, and she referred me that day.
I got an appt. for the orientation meeting Nov or Dec 2008.
I got an appt. for a surgical consult for January 2009. At that appt. I was told to lose 10% (30lbs.) We are required to call in our wt. every month
Since the VSG wasn't offered until very recently, I didn't do the psych eval till yesterday. Now I wait for a date..
I didn't have to attend any "classes" for anything.
I've heard of folks speeding the process along by losing the 10% fast. Especially if "classes" aren't required...
So all in all, Ya, its taken me a year, but remember, the VSG was not an option so I took my time, hoping it would be offered eventually.
Many Kaisers offer the VSG across the country, just depends on the area...
The main thing is to get the referral to the Bariactric program, and YOUR Kaiser will tell you all the requirements...
I have to tell you that we never cared for Kaiser. Bad past experiences. Iam SO impressed with the changes they have made, and really like Kaiser now. They are so darn organized!
Hope this helps!